I love the wave of positivity that follows International Women’s Day every March. I love the spotlight that it shines on all the strong, inspiring women around the world and how it encourages others to take a stand, be confident and believe in themselves. No other occasion creates a stronger sense of pride and community amongst women.
The United Nations first marked this important day in 1975, and every year since then the world has celebrated the things that make women so uniquely and undeniably fabulous. Even as we fight to eradicate gender stereotypes and demand equal rights, it’s important that we honour the women who inspire us.
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I used to believe that inspiration came solely from someone who could change the world, or who had a plethora of awards to their name. But I don’t think that’s the case anymore. Everyone has a story, a struggle, or a journey that you can learn from. We can be inspired by just about any woman in our lives, from our daughters to our domestic helpers who uproot their lives to work and support their families from afar.
Women have the natural ability to express how they feel and uplift those around them. They can bring people together and make them feel empowered. When we celebrate women, we try to find the similarities that we share with them. These ties can fuel our own sense of purpose.